It’s not a joke.
The only parts of my body I can move are my eyes and lips. My hands, feet, arms, and legs, are almost totally paralyzed, managing the occasional twitch and nothing more.
And yet… I have an amazing life.
Using speech recognition technology, I’ve written articles read by more than 5 million people. I’ve also built several online magazines that have, shockingly, made me a millionaire.
“This can’t be real,” you say. “You did all this, and you can’t freaking move?”
Hard to believe, I know, but it’s true. I do it all from home, sitting in my wheelchair, speaking into a microphone.
I’ve traveled a good bit too. I’ve lived in San Diego, Miami, Austin, and even Mazatlan, Mexico. Here’s a photo of me living the good life south of the border:
I look totally miserable, don’t I? Poor baby. 🙂
Not to imply it’s been easy, mind you. During my 34 years, I’ve had pneumonia 16 times, recovered from more than 50 broken bones, and spent literally years of my life in hospitals and doctor’s offices.
But I’m still here. Not only have I survived my condition, but I’ve built a life most people only dream about.
And starting today, I want to talk about how.
Over the coming months and years, I have a great deal to share with you, but I thought we would begin with the biggest lessons I’ve learned, lessons I’ve paid for in blood and tears, lessons that have saved my life, over and over and over again. Let’s begin.
Lesson #1: If You Can’t Win the Game, Change the Rules
About a decade ago, I was totally dependent on Medicaid, the U.S. government-run health insurance, to pay about $120,000 per year in medical bills. On the one hand, I was immensely grateful, because without it, I would’ve certainly died, but I was also trapped by their benevolence.
You see, Medicaid has income limits. If I made more than $700 per month, I would lose all medical coverage. Doctors, caregivers, medications, everything.
It was basically an ironclad contract preventing me from ever getting a regular job. I had a college degree, plenty of ambition, and even a few job offers, but I couldn’t accept any of them, because the government wouldn’t let me.
It seemed like a hopeless situation. If I got a job, I would lose my health insurance. If I didn’t get a job, I’d be forced to live in poverty forever. There was no way to win the game.
So, I changed the rules.
One of the job offers I received was from a small online magazine named Copyblogger, but instead of accepting it, here’s what I told them: “I’ll work for you for free. Don’t pay me anything. The only catch is, sometime in the future, I’m going to ask you for some favors, and if I do good work for you, I’d really appreciate your help.” They agreed, so I spent the next two years working 40-80 hours per week, mostly free of charge, although they did find ways to throw a few dollars my way every now and again.
During that time, I explored moving to Mexico. By moving there, I could reduce my health expenses from $120,000 to $18,000 per year. $102,000 in savings!
Eventually, I pulled the trigger. I called my boss and said, “Remember how I said I would ask for favors one day? Well, it’s time. I’m starting a consulting practice, and I’d love some help getting clients.” The next day, he allowed me to reach out to about 50,000 readers, and I filled my entire client roster within 24 hours.
Then I moved to Mexico, abandoning the U.S. healthcare system entirely. Within 30 days, I was making more than $10,000 a month, living in a beachfront condo, and paying for all my own health care expenses.
By not playing the government’s game. Instead, I created a different game, a game that worked by my rules, a game I could win.
“But Jon,” you say. “You don’t understand. My situation is hopeless.”
Bullshit. The options available to you right now may be hopeless, but you can always create new ones. It’s not easy, but if you’re strong enough, you can turn any situation to your advantage. The key is to develop that strength in advance. Here’s how:
Lesson #2: Pain is Power
At some point or another, life punches everyone in the face.
The punch may be hard, or it may be soft, but it’s definitely coming, and your success or failure is largely determined by the answer to a single question: how well can you take the punch?
Do you roll around on the ground, weeping and moaning? Do you rock back on your heels but then keep going? Or have you been punched so many times already you don’t even notice?
Personally, I’m a living example of the last one. If you want to know what it’s like to live with a severe disability, just imagine that every morning six big guys sneak into your room and beat the hell out of you. Most days, the beating isn’t so bad, and you can limp through your day. Every now and again though, they keep punching and kicking you until you’re bleeding and broken, lose consciousness, and wake up in the hospital breathing through a tube.
That’s the best way I know to describe my life. Since the day I was born, muscular dystrophy has given me a daily beating.
It’s made me incredibly strong. I can take any punch life throws at me without even breaking stride.
Lost $100,000 on a business deal? No biggie. Key employee quits? Yawn. Getting audited by the IRS? Wake me up when something important happens. Next to fusing my spinal vertebrae together, shattering my legs, or nearly drowning in my own mucus, none of it is honestly that big of a deal.
This, my friends, is the advantage of pain. The more you experience, the more you can handle in the future, and the less it knocks you off your game.
The way you respond to that pain is another matter, which we’ll talk about in a moment. For now, the point I want to make is this: if you feel depressed and weak, unable to cope with the difficulties of life, it’s not because you are a flawed human being. It’s because you were unprepared for the pain you are experiencing. The problem, ironically, is that you haven’t suffered enough.
The opposite is also true. If you want to become a stronger and more capable person, the smartest thing you can do is systematically (and safely) increase your pain tolerance.
For example, Tim Ferriss recommends lying down in the middle of a crowded public place like a supermarket or a coffee shop. You’ll feel like a fool, but the experience will condition you to deal with embarrassment and discomfort in the future.
The bottom line?
The degree of success you achieve in life is directly proportional to the amount of pain you can tolerate. If you ever want to accomplish big things like building a successful business, becoming the best in your field, or changing the world in some way, you need to start training yourself to endure the pain all those things require. It’ll also prepare you for the next time life punches you in the face, which is inevitable.
The only caveat is you have to keep the right mindset. If you respond to pain the wrong way, it makes you weaker, not stronger. Let’s talk about how to make sure that doesn’t happen…
Lesson #3: The Secret to Survival
In 2006, a teenager who we’ll call Bill was late to work at Wendy’s. Worried that his boss was going to fire him, he decided to floor it, driving through the city at 85 miles per hour, weaving in and out of traffic, running red lights, and squealing around corners. At first, everything went fine, but then something happened…
He plowed into my minivan going through an intersection. He was going so fast that it nearly ripped the entire front end of the van off, spinning me like a top in the street. My head went through the window, knocking me out, and when I woke up, I was stuffed underneath the dashboard, my 300 pound wheelchair lying on top of me, blood squirting out of my head, my legs shattered from my toes to my hips.
I spent the next month in the hospital. The bill was about $130,000, and not surprisingly, I discovered good ol’ Bill had crappy insurance, paying out a maximum of $20,000 for the accident. To top it off, doctors predicted it would take an entire year to recover enough to work or go back to school.
In other words, I was fucked.
As if it wasn’t enough that I was already dealing with Medicaid, poverty, and muscular dystrophy. Life decided to pile on a little extra, just to see how much I could take.
And honestly? It was a miracle I didn’t crack.
How easy would it have been to sink into despair? Or rage against the unfairness? Or maybe even take a little bit too much morphine one day and end it all?
But I didn’t. Mostly, I was able to handle it because I’d been conditioned by all the other difficulties of my life, but it was also because I deliberately shifted my perspective.
The people who struggle most are the ones who can’t accept the incessant unfairness of life. They become so consumed with what should have happened, the way other people should have behaved that they become incapable of dealing with reality.
If I allowed myself to be angry at Bill for even one moment, I may have sunk into a pit of rage and despair so deep I would’ve never climbed out of it. Instead, I forced myself to say, “Okay, this is my life now. What’s next?” After all, I couldn’t change what happened. The only thing I had control over was how I responded to that change, and the first and most critical response was total and complete acceptance.
A lot of people view acceptance as weakness. They think that, if they accept what’s happened to them, they’ll be admitting defeat.
But it’s the opposite. It’s only by acknowledging reality that you can create a plan to change that reality. Acceptance, as it turns out, is the first step to victory.
Following the accident, I hired an attorney who fought the insurance companies, the hospital, everyone. It took months, but he eventually settled my medical bills and gave me enough money to purchase a new car, totally debt-free. Meanwhile, I focused on my rehab, completing it in six months instead of the year doctors predicted, and I resumed my life even healthier than I was before the accident.
We’ve all heard the cliché about turning lemons into lemonade, but to do that, you can’t be pissed off at the lemons, go into denial about the existence of the lemons, or get depressed because you’re tired of making lemonade. You just have to grab a lemon and squeeze the shit out of the motherfucker.
Or better yet, just discard the lemons-to-lemonade metaphor entirely. Here’s a much better way to think about it:
Lesson #4: The Art of the Counterpunch
Remember how we talked about the importance of being able to take a punch?
Well, it’s only the first step. Once you’ve built some endurance, it’s time to learn how to fight back.
In boxing, every beginner learns the importance of the counterpunch. By attacking you, your opponent has to let his guard down, and it creates a brief but very real opportunity for you to sneak in a blow. You just have to train yourself to spot the opening.
Ironic, isn’t it? The best time to attack your opponent turns out to be right after he attacks you. In fact, the stronger the attack, the bigger the opportunity for a counterpunch.
And it’s true for more than just boxing. In life, every difficulty carries with it a corresponding opportunity of equal size.
For example, let’s go back to the car accident from the last section. I mentioned how I got an attorney to settle the medical bills and dedicated myself to rehab, completing it in half the time, but I didn’t tell you the best part of the story.
In between rehab visits, I had a lot of free time on my hands. A lot of people would’ve flopped down in front of the TV and zoned out, but thankfully, I had the presence of mind to recognize the opportunity. I’d always wanted to write more, but I’d never had the time… until the accident. So, I seized the opportunity and got my gimpy ass to work.
At first, it was only a journal, a way of jotting down my thoughts and emotions as a way to cope with the trauma. I enjoyed it so much I decided to start a blog, and within 60 days, it got nominated as one of the best blogs in the world. Following the nomination, I got an offer to help run an up-and-coming magazine, the one that eventually helped me launch my consulting practice when I got to Mexico, allowing me to live the life of my dreams.
Was it luck? A mere twist of fate that turned tragedy into triumph?
Not at all. It was a deliberate counterpunch, a way of taking the force of the blow life had dealt me and turning it to my advantage.
It’s just one of many throughout my life. Here are some more:
Punch: None of the cool kids in school want to be friends with me, because the wheelchair makes them uncomfortable. I become an outcast.
Counterpunch: I hang out with the other outcasts: nerds. They teach me how to code, and I’m writing my own software by the age of 12.
Punch: I can’t play sports, go swimming, or any of the other fun stuff kids do. I’m stuck inside, trapped in a body that can’t move.
Counterpunch: To keep from going crazy, I read half a dozen books a week. By the time I graduate high school, I’ve read more than most of my teachers.
Punch: I get accepted into MIT, but I’m dirt poor. For a year, I beg for help, but everyone ignores me. I have to turn down the offer.
Counterpunch: I apply to my somewhat crappy local university, and they offer me a full scholarship. I graduate debt-free.
Again, it looks like luck, but it’s not. The people we call “lucky” are ruled by the same fickle hand of fate as everyone else. The difference: when that hand turns against them, they look around, and they spot the opening.
The moral of the story:
The next time life punches you in the face, stop for a moment and ask yourself this simple question:
What’s the counterpunch?
No matter how bad the situation, no matter how hopeless it seems, there is always an opportunity to turn it to your advantage. You just have to discipline yourself to spot the opening, and then find the courage to use it.
Lesson #5: How to Find the Courage to Face Anything
The heart monitor flatlined.
I was lying in a shabby little bed in a nursing home you’ve never heard of. For years, I’d drifted toward death, and blessedly, mercifully, it was finally here. My heart stopped, my limbs quivered, and my bowels let loose, filling the air with a sickly stench. One last breath escaped my lips, and I was gone.
A few minutes later, a nurse walked into the room, wrinkling her nose at the stink. Pulling out her clipboard, she glanced at her watch and wrote down the time of death. Next, she pulled out her phone and called the morgue. “Got another one for you. Room 305,” she told them. With that, she pulled a sheet over my head and left the room. Two days later, they cremated me, and that, as they say, was that.
Pretty depressing, right?
Obviously, none of this ever happened. I wouldn’t be writing right now if it did.
But it could’ve happened. Years ago, if I’d made different decisions, I could’ve easily ended up in a nursing home somewhere. Crazily, it could still happen now. A few missteps, and I could lose everything, dying broken, useless, and alone.
And I’ll be straight up with you:
It scares the hell out of me. More than anything. You could pull out a gun, shove the barrel in my mouth, and start counting, and it wouldn’t even come close to scaring me as much as the scene I described.
Dying is one thing. A pointless death where no one notices or cares is quite another. To me at least.
Here’s why I am telling you this:
Every now and again, somebody asks me how I found the courage to move to Mexico with no money, no friends, and no backup plan. There are a gazillion different ways it could have gone wrong. I could’ve been robbed and murdered by thieves along the highway, scammed by immigration officials, or starved to death because I couldn’t afford food. Let’s face it, Mexico can be a dangerous place, and moving there in my condition was absolute insanity.
I knew this. I’ve never been one of those delusional people who thinks nothing bad will ever happen to them. On the contrary, I was pretty sure I was about to die, and I was scared shitless. When we drove across the border, I was sweating and shaking so much I was worried that immigration guys would think I was on drugs.
So, why did I do it? Why didn’t I turn back to the relative safety of the U.S.?
Well, my thought process went like this:
Worry: I could be scammed by immigration officials.
Response: True, but that’s still better than dying in a nursing home.
Worry: I could be killed by robbers along the highway
Response: True, but that’s still better than dying in a nursing home.
Worry: I could starve to death because I can’t afford food.
Response: True, but that’s still better than dying in a nursing home.
In other words… yes, I was terrified, but a sad, quiet little death in a nursing home terrified me more. I consciously and deliberately harnessed that fear, using it to propel me to do things everyone thought were insane.
And that’s how courage works. The people we think of as heroes don’t have a mystical ability to transcend fear. To them, the alternative to taking action is simply unacceptable. They do what needs to be done, not because they want to, but because they feel there is no other choice.
Same for me. To get myself to take action, I didn’t meditate, clear my mind, and proceed to do the impossible with calmness and confidence. I woke up each morning and pictured what would happen if I didn’t act. I envisioned the heart monitor, the nurse, my body being pushed into the flames. I deliberately put myself into a state of such intense terror that everything I had to do felt manageable by comparison.
It’s dark, I know, but it’s also an immense secret. If you find yourself paralyzed by fear, the only way out is often to find something that scares you more. Imagine what will happen if you do nothing, make it so real in your mind that you’re about to jump out of your skin, and then harness that energy to do the crazy things you need to do.
To be clear, I’m not suggesting you live your life in fear. The moment you’ve faced down the impossible situation, stop torturing yourself. Adopt a positive attitude, and go about your life.
But if you’re just trying to survive?
Fear is fuel. So burn, baby, burn.
Lesson #6: Embrace the Crazy
The world is full of people who will tell you to “be reasonable.” You should have reasonable goals, reasonable expectations, a reasonable attitude.
Was it reasonable for me to give up all my government benefits and move to a country not exactly known for its stellar medical care?
Was it reasonable to work 40+ hours a week for a company that didn’t pay me a dime?
Was it reasonable for me to start a business when failure would’ve meant starving to death on the streets of Mexico?
Not in the slightest. It was actually pretty crazy.
Here’s the thing, though:
If you’re in a crazy situation, sometimes the only way out is to make a bold move that appears insane, but it’s not, because the alternative is worse.
For instance, I’ll readily admit that working for a company full-time without asking for a penny in return is a dumb idea most of the time. Compared to the alternative of not working at all though, it’s actually a smart move.
The problem is, we’re not used to thinking that way. We’re so used to evaluating options on their own merits that we become paralyzed in situations where all the options are bad.
The solution is to train yourself to at least acknowledge the crazy alternatives. Whenever you’re making a decision, ask yourself, “What are the options I’m not considering because they seem too crazy?” You don’t have to choose the crazy option, but you should still train yourself to recognize it, because there might come a day when you need it.
Here’s a current example from my life:
I cope with a fair amount of back pain. This surprises some people, because they assume I can’t feel anything from the neck down, but I can. My disease only affects the motor neurons, not the sensory ones, so I’m able to feel just as much as anyone. Most days, the pain is manageable, but sometimes it’s unbearable.
The typical treatment options: narcotics, anti-inflammatories, herbal therapies, surgery, exercise, stretching, chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, a new wheelchair seating system, and lots of other reasonable things.
But what are the unreasonable options?
In order of increasing craziness, I could…
- Buy a $5,000 bed that’s like floating on a pocket of air, lie down in it, and never move again, conducting all my business from bed for the rest of my life.
- Destroy all the nerve endings in my back, making it totally numb. Believe it or not, this is an actual medical procedure. It’s called denervation.
- Sever my spine, losing not only sensation but also the ability to breathe without a respirator. Obvious drawbacks, and I’m not sure I could get a doctor to do it, but still better than the last option…
Am I seriously considering any of these options?
Hell no! The pain isn’t nearly bad enough to take such drastic measures.
But it’s also comforting to be prepared for the worst. No matter how bad it gets, I always know I have options. If I’m forced to explore those options, I’ve prepared in advance, so I’m not trying to figure it all out in the moment.
The bottom line?
No matter how impossible the situation seems, you’re never trapped. There are always options.
And that brings us to the final lesson…
Lesson #7: Never, never, never give up
My mother rammed her hands into my ribs, forcing the air from my lungs. I coughed, the mucus rattling deep in my chest.
And then I screamed.
A few weeks earlier, I’d caught pneumonia, a respiratory infection that’s dangerous for a healthy person and a near-death sentence for someone like me. I didn’t have the strength to cough the mucus up myself, so doctors taught my mother to thrust her hands into my ribs, supplying the necessary force.
And it worked, but then something terrible happened:
My ribs cracked. Worse, the bones would grind together and fracture a little more every time my mother helped me cough.
But we couldn’t stop. If we did, doctors were absolutely certain I would suffocate and die.
So, literally hundreds of times per day, my mother would shove on my broken ribs. I screamed, I cried, I begged her to stop. Still a child, I couldn’t understand why she had to hurt me so much. Even today, I marvel that she could bring herself to do it.
But she did. For weeks.
One night, when I was lying in bed, wheezing and whimpering, she brought this little plaque of a quote from Winston Churchill and put it on the table beside me. It sits on my desk now.
“Say the words,” she said.
I shook my head. “It hurts.”
“Whisper them, then,” she said, and so I did. Every night, she would push on my ribs a dozen times before going to bed, and every night, she would make me whisper the words…
Never, never, never give up.
Hokey? Yes, but it worked. I never gave up, not because I was strong or brave or special, but because my mother wouldn’t let me.
And now I want to do the same for you.
Sooner or later, we all reach a point in life where our trials become unbearable. Determination turns to despair, self-confidence becomes self-pity, and our hope for a better tomorrow dwindles and dies, replaced by a grim certainty that our life is over.
But it’s not. We simply need someone to remind us that triumph over adversity isn’t about being the strongest or the smartest, the “perfect” human being who can overcome anything life throws at them. On the contrary, the greatest victories are won by the weakest people, living in the darkest times, facing monsters that make even the stoutest heroes cower and run.
And yet they prevail. Not through riches or genius or even luck, but by setting their jaw, bracing their feet, and weathering the storm. They don’t defeat misfortune; they outlast it, clinging stubbornly to their spot, absorbing blow after blow, roaring their defiance into the wind until their lips crack and their voice breaks, and yet still they find the strength to whisper, “I will never, ever give up.”
You can be one of those people. I know you can, and so I came here to tell you…
Today, you might feel too poor or sick or unlucky to reach for your dreams, but you’re not.
Today, you might feel too tired or depressed or sad to even try, but you’re not.
Today, you might feel like an outcast, forgotten by your friends or family or anyone who might help you, but again, you are not.
You’re still breathing, my friend. That’s all it takes to stage a comeback.
So, say it with me now, would you?
“I will never, ever give up.”
Say it. Believe it.
And then recognize you’ve begun the journey to becoming totally unstoppable.
Jan 6, 2017 @ 1:59 pm
I do not like to read long texts in english, but I did! It is so amazing!
Thank you from my heart!
Mar 3, 2017 @ 12:18 pm
As I sit looking at my dad in his hospital bed I came to read what was meant for me. I admire your attitude and strength. Thank you for sharing your story and I hope it continues to touch those who need it.
Jan 6, 2017 @ 2:41 pm
John, you’re an EXAMPLE for all of us.
You inspired, and give us the right perspective for unleashing our true Self within.
Jan 6, 2017 @ 2:45 pm
woooow ! Such inspirational story ! I can just say ” thank you Jon for sharing this life lessons to all of us !”
Jan 6, 2017 @ 4:50 pm
In my 80 years of my life, your example was truly the first to make me cry. You are a teacher sent from heaven, a teach sent from God. You are an inspiration for people who are not able to rise up on their own. I hope all people can learn from your story to never give up. Thank you John.
Jan 6, 2017 @ 8:51 pm
Jon, as an 85 year old/young stroke survivor… you inspire me to DO MORE. I still speak twice a week. Manage a 778 member Meetup. Plus watch out for my new book HOW TO SPEAK FOR FUN AND PROFIT. You get copy #1. just need your address.
Jan 7, 2017 @ 7:09 pm
i need help now. I m gratefull to meet pple like you now. how do i get your bool, sir? God bless you, CHUKA, NIGERIA
Jan 7, 2017 @ 7:12 pm
i need help now. I m gratefull to meet pple like you now. how do i get your booK, sir? God bless you, CHUKA, NIGERIA
Mar 2, 2017 @ 4:52 pm
So excellent! So moving! I too have had major health problems in 2016. God has been good to me and I am recovering daily.
Jan 18, 2017 @ 10:33 pm
What a profound life and voice you have. Thank you!!!!!
Jan 18, 2017 @ 11:07 pm
Watch the upcoming “mega paper” Signpost for an article about an upcoming gathering of caregivers and people concerned with mental health issues. We would like to start a group of people caring for those with a mental illness including depression, bipolar, Alzheimer’s and provide support as well as guest speakers thantcan focus on concerns brought up by the group. Some suggestions for discussion topics include PTSD, EMDR ( a therapy for post traumatic stress and depression); Biofeedback; Mental illness from depression to suicide; nutrition and exercise; yoga therapy and talk therapy. Professionals would be invited to speak at the open meetings and we hope to get a community sponsor to cover the honourariams of the guest speakers.
Jan 6, 2017 @ 11:21 pm
You are very strong. People like you motivate loser like us! Keep smiling! 🙂
Jan 30, 2017 @ 1:19 pm
If you count your abilities, your beneficial qualities and keep telling yourself that they will help you, that will be the first step in going from ‘loser like me’ to ‘i can do this’
Jan 7, 2017 @ 12:31 am
Jan 7, 2017 @ 12:56 am
Your story is so inspiring. As the Bible says ‘God will bless all the desires of your heart’
Jan 7, 2017 @ 1:10 am
Hi Jon what a brilliantly written article you most certainly have a way with words. I’m a Tetraplegic with a high level SCI due to an accident on a trampoline 5 years ago. I’m paralysed from chest down wth limited arm use. I type with a v dodgy right thumb.
Like you I have full sensation bar temperature which freaks people out and as my Cord wasn’t totally severed I’m a v lucky man as can breathe unaided. I need 24:7 care and can’t transfer without a hoist.
I’m having so many problems compounded by my care co handing in notice today and I’m terrified I could end up pushed to another one not SCI trained this will be the 4th move and starting yet again feels tough.
However Winston Churchill has quite a few good quotes my other favourite ” if your going through hell keep on going” & I myself will never never giveup that’s for sure.
My counter punch setting up Ben Wimbush SCORD my social media platforms to raise awareness of SCI & show it’s a life changing situation not life ending my blog Training Day is pinned to the top to give me purpose and I’ve been doing it on FB for 15 months, Twitter for 9 months.
I’ve just found so many parts rang so true and I do my best to try and give something back whilst having as much of a laugh as humanly possible.
I’ve started social media and write a journal stroke blog but haven’t got a. clue where to start my blog up for example to get max exposure as I want to move it off FB.
I would love a chat if at all possible. I’m sure you get requests like this all the time but I will leave my email if you have time I would be grateful. I’m so glad I found this today and it’s helped me already so much, I can’t wait to read more of your work.
Jan 7, 2017 @ 2:17 am
Jon, I tell my 2 sons the same thing – To NEVER NEVER NEVER GIVE UP- but after reading your story – I will tell myself too – to NEVER NEVER NEVER GIVE UP
Jan 7, 2017 @ 5:03 am
Jon, I was waiting for this blog of yours. Cngratulations.
This post is going to inspire millions of people who are tired and feel they can’t achieve in life. I pray to God for yur good health so you keep inspiring people.
Thanks for sharing super powerful tips.
Jan 7, 2017 @ 10:52 am
Jon, this is just what I needed to read and hear for so many reasons. I am going to share this with my daughter who suffers from massive depression. She has been punched in the face and still stands – your words are so powerful and your perspective pure soul searching gold. She lost the use of her (dominant) hand at age 14 just before the beginning of her freshman year in a new town. She had to learn to write, eat, dress herself and do her hair/makeup using only one hand that was not her natural hand to work with. All the while, dealing with tremendous pain. She took the punch and got knocked down hard…somedays she stands taller than others, but she is still on this earth – something that she has really struggled to do. Your words will help. alot.
keep writing, keep sharing, the world needs you.
Jan 7, 2017 @ 11:40 am
Wow. Just… Wow.
Jan 7, 2017 @ 12:28 pm
Jon, u r true fifhter. Really such an amazing life story u have!! Anybody wouldn’t survive even 10th of difficulties which u have not only fought but overcame successfully. God bless u. Pls write more n more to inspire like us who has all but enjoy none.
Jan 7, 2017 @ 12:38 pm
You are an absolutely amazing, beyond amazing, person. Your story brought tears to my eyes and inspired me. And… your mom is equally amazing.. the strength both of you share. Thankful for both of you. Without her you wouldn’t be sharing this story, without you we wouldn’t have been the recipients of such an inspiring and incredibly important story.
Jan 7, 2017 @ 1:02 pm
We must remember, in EVERY THING there is a GIFT! Let’s open it!
Jan 7, 2017 @ 4:03 pm
Thank you for Penning it down. Gave me a whole new perspective to life.
Jan 7, 2017 @ 4:36 pm
Love your article, it is so powerful!
I’ve been wracked with fears all of my life and finally at the age of 56 years I am starting to take control of my life. I’ve been punched by life many times and had to get up and keep moving on. I’ve finally decided to start my own business and I’m almost done with all the paper work submitted to register with town I live in. My next step is marketing my business in order to expose it to companies and to get contracts, I hope?
Thank you Jon for your honesty and for sharing your fears, struggles and success with us, your readers.. God bless you
Jan 7, 2017 @ 7:19 pm
I usually never leave comments under any posts, but I just need to thank you sincerely for writing this article. I have been battling depression and suicidal thoughts since I was 15. Now I am 23 and a half year ago it got better and I managed to start believing in myself etc.. But for some reason this month has hit me so hard that I have been feeling worse and worse and unable to find any reason for my existence. Today, especially, I was feeling so low and there is no one I can talk to, so when I saw your article I first thought it will be something very typical about being happy even if life is shit etc.. And then I still began to read and I am amazed by your ability to get into my soul, even not knowing me.. It is just unbelievable, I feel like you have directly written this to me, even though it is for everyone. I know I am still in a low point, but I am SO SO SO thankful for your post, it is truly something I needed to hear.. I am amazed by your strength and I feel pathetic for even daring to feel so depressed while you have had real and serious struggles.. You are an absolute inspiration.. thank you so much… sending you hugs!
Jan 7, 2017 @ 7:21 pm
I have no words to begin what I’ve read just now. Unstoppable is probably the most appropriate word for you and this blog. There’s no way anyone could read this and ever think about giving up. Just an amazing life story.
Jan 7, 2017 @ 7:52 pm
Amazing article. I am greatly inspired and will ensure all the “punches ” I get have “counter punches”.
Dr Jean ND
Jan 7, 2017 @ 11:02 pm
Thank you, Jon. You are a courageous inspiration. God bless you, brave and dear one. Prayers and much gratitude to God for you.
Jan 8, 2017 @ 8:14 am
Thank you Jon. You are the man!
Jan 8, 2017 @ 5:43 pm
You are outstanding.
Jan 8, 2017 @ 6:25 pm
Jan 8, 2017 @ 7:19 pm
Thank you for lifting me from my situation by changing the way I think. Thank you very much.
Jan 8, 2017 @ 10:53 pm
Being a young man with duchennes muscular dystrophy this is very impowering and makes me want to pursue my dreams of being a graphic designer. This is a very good read
Jan 8, 2017 @ 11:45 pm
I am deeply moved and encouraged by your story .. I remember the story of Job in the bible with your since childhood battle… I could feel God is using you to empower millions of people experiencing the same. ..
Thank you for your story.. I am about to give up as well because of some struggles that has no end … I find some light of hope and courage after reading your story. Thank you Jon.. Keep on writing..
May God provide you the inner strength ..
Love God ,
Jan 9, 2017 @ 2:26 am
What great blessings to have you alive and kicking on this planet, Jon. Thank you so much for this uplifting post.
Your mom is one superwoman. I can imagine the pain she goes through every time she shove your broken ribs. And because I think she believed in one thing:
There is hope, only when you are living.
Because the dead can do nothing.
I feel this exceptionally acute when I lost my friend to suicide 2 years ago.
After learning the news, her father, who was seriously ill in the nursing home, passed away 3 days later from grief. Yet despite suffering immense grief and injustice, her 73-year-old mom stoically lives on.
The old lady survived World War II. I believed she went through so much pain then that nothing fazes her anymore.
Indeed what you said is true — Pain is power.
I’ll be sure to share your post. Last year people around me knew someone who ended his life.
Like you said, “There are always options.”,
I hope people will always remember to cherish their lives.
And best of all, they can change it for the better.
Jan 9, 2017 @ 4:39 am
Fantastic blog… so inspiring. I’m actioning your advice TODAY…Ive been delaying lauching my consultancy business…too scared of the unknown but I’m starting today on facebook.
Jan 9, 2017 @ 7:51 am
Somehow my tears dropped when reading an article written from the heart…
Jan 9, 2017 @ 9:57 am
Thank you for having the courage to live and write in such a powerful way. If the measure of a success is the number of ways we lend a hand to others (even when we cannot move that hand), God has blessed you in spades. You are an inspiration and so much more!
Jan 9, 2017 @ 3:44 pm
thank you Jon. needed that today.
Jan 9, 2017 @ 9:15 pm
Thank you Jon. A real inspiration. Read it a few times. Cant wait for your next posting.
Jan 9, 2017 @ 9:36 pm
I’m my self a T4 complete, and I’ll like to thank you so very fucking MUCH !!! my friend, God bless you immensely, keep up the good work, stay strong And I promise you I’ll never ever gonna give up, thanks to you !!!
Jan 9, 2017 @ 9:37 pm
I’m my self a T4 complete, and I’ll like to thank you so very fucking MUCH !!! my friend, God bless you immensely, keep up the good work, stay strong And I promise you I’ll never ever gonna give up, thanks to you !!!
Jan 9, 2017 @ 9:40 pm
Thank you for your immense courage! You inspire me!
Jan 10, 2017 @ 9:36 am
Life is sure strange.
Your story really inspired me; I just hope that it isn’t too late for me.
Or, I wonder if that’s just me still fighting with the self-pity.
You’re a person that began with less than zero, and then made himself into a hero.
Me, I’m a man that began with everything, and ended up a zero.
I’m 61 years old, diabetic, once a multi-millionaire, now just about broke, highly educated (MBA), travelled around the world, speak 4 languages, served on the Boards of Directors of several companies, and yet, I made so many stupid mistakes.
Kids don’t want to speak to me, two divorces, and sometimes I just wonder if it wouldn’t be better to go to sleep and never wake up.
Sometimes I say that I don’t want to go out on my knees, and then sometimes I say, “what difference would it make?”.
I want to tell the world how not to make the same dumb mistakes I made; to tell them what is really important.
But, if I write what I feel, I won’t make money-if want to make money, I have to write about what sells.
Jan 10, 2017 @ 3:13 pm
Maybe God is using you to help others. Forget about the money and trust in God to look after your finances.
Jan 15, 2017 @ 10:38 am
Good idea, Dolores! ❤️
Jan 10, 2017 @ 8:02 pm
Your life souds like that of John Gill…please read How Starbuck Saved My Life. It helped me push through some dark times in my own life. Bless you.
Jan 15, 2017 @ 2:52 am
YTA- I think somewhere amoungst the words you missed the message !! If you’re thinking you can’t start a blog (monetised of course) or any other revenue stream because of your self-pitying attitude then you clearly have missed Johns message because this type of self defeating, soul destroying mindset is the exact type of thing that John has been suffering from all his life and yet it’s the ‘counter punches’ that he has used that have pulled him through to be the mighty massive millionaire he is today. Don’t you get it dude ? Yes you feel like shit and fluctuate between considering topping yourself or begrudgingly dragging your sorry arse into some form of normalcy. BUT the difference is in whether you wanna wallow in your self pity or whether you wanna look at your alternative options and focus on what steps you take to pull yourself outa this pit of despair you’re in right now. Your sorry arse self is what you can talk to your audience about but your message and where you gain your following is in talking to your audience about how you pulled yourself ‘OUT’ of that misery into a place we all wanna be in… UTOPIA !!… well maybe that’s over doing it slightly but you get my drift. So can you see the forest for the trees now matey ?? I sure as hell hope do co if you do this right you could most definitely make money outa your loathing life of self pity !!! Haha. Cheers. All the best
Jan 10, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
John as someone who as struggled with Asperger’s and other things such as anxiety I just wanted to say how much your article filled me with pride. I work with the Microsoft Accessibility team, and one of our missions is to empower everyone on the planet to achieve more. You sir, are definitely doing that in your own life. Keep smiling, and don’t ever give up. I know I won’t thanks to you 🙂
Jan 10, 2017 @ 7:24 pm
Holy good read! Literally the greatest thing I have read on the internet.
Last month a gave my boss a month notice. I quit my comfortable job to chase my dream of the Paralympics after being paralyzed for barley two years! My family thinks I’m nuts and that I’m making a huge mistake, but it’s not their life it’s mine. Thank you so much for writing this!
Jan 10, 2017 @ 8:00 pm
After reading this blog twice and having a cathartic cry I decided I had to purge the BS and excuses from my life, no matter how justified and right I was and am. Your blog, Mr. Morrow, helped give me the courage I needed to confront my greatest enemy of FORTY years today. And I think that I can now start to try living in forgiveness from this day forth. God bless you sir.
Jan 11, 2017 @ 8:18 am
I am so moved, amused and delighted by this piece! Your writing style is seductive, luring one in and capturing the heart. I wish my daughter Caitlin, congenital MD and super fighter, were still here to share this with. We lost her at 19, but her fight and determination to live WELL and challenge the assumptions of others will always inspire us, as does this blog article. Thank you!
Jan 11, 2017 @ 9:50 am
Wow! I don’t have very many heros; but you just became one of them. As a matter of fact, you are right on the top of the list just under Jesus. You even passed Ann Voskamp; which I thought no one could ever do! If you haven’t read her books; go get them now. (I’ll be checking your list later – and thanks – I know I’ll buy several.) Thanks so much for this VERY inspiring article. You inspired an inspirational writer – not easy to do! Keep writing; the world needs to hear your message. I really needed to hear it today too; perfect timing. I am going to share with everyone I know. I will definitely use all that you have said today to further my career as a freelance writer, and I am also inspired to change my attitude from whinning to doing. How did I let myself go there this week? I was procrastinating on my next article when I clicked into your story; just passing time. So very glad I stopped! Now the things I write next may have a different slant! Thanks again and God bless you in all that you continue to do.
Jan 11, 2017 @ 11:23 am
Awesome.Quite inspiring.I’ll never,never,ever give up.Thanks Jon
Jan 11, 2017 @ 11:52 am
How can I unsubscribe from these comments?
Jan 12, 2017 @ 11:31 am
Under the box where you write you comment is a checkbox for whether or not you want to receive copies/notifications of further comments. Just UN-check it. Leave it blank.
James William Morrow
Jan 11, 2017 @ 2:44 pm
Thanks for the inspiring message! The students of w131 Advisory class at Harlem High School were greatly moved by your message.
Jan 11, 2017 @ 3:19 pm
No one inspires like you Jon! Another great story about life, struggles, disadvantages, and success. Your articles make me want to do great things, helping people achieving their goals, and inspire them.
May you keep writing forever for all of us.
Jan 11, 2017 @ 4:41 pm
About 2 days ago, I read one of your early articles in Smart Blogger (though it was updated last Sept. 11 2016).
It was called https://smartblogger.com/launch-mistakes/.
I’ve been and probably still am guilty of all 7 mistakes.
I’ve procrastinated and wasted all this time wandering and wondering despite your team’s solid guidance (in April 2016).
Starting today though I hope it’ll be different.
Unstoppable makes me unstoppable.
I may have loitered around the blogosphere but that wouldn’t mean I’ve already quit.
Like many of us here whom you’ve genuinely inspired, I can and will bounce back.
After all, we’re relentless. We’re unstoppable just like you.
I hope you won’t hang me when your inspiration would want me to start Indefatigable (purchased the domain just now).
Keep inspiring us!
Jan 11, 2017 @ 5:03 pm
You are AMAZING!!! Thank you for sharing and writing.
Jan 12, 2017 @ 11:30 am
Punch: How come you can hold a sword if your hands and arms are completely paralyzed?
Jan 12, 2017 @ 10:03 pm
Look up Muscular Dystrophy, it is a progessive disease. Try being curious before being suspicious.
Jan 12, 2017 @ 11:53 am
Your inspirational post reminds me of what the word disability means to me, “differently-abled.” I have let myself take on the mindset of to many around me; disabled gives you the right to sit on your butt and bemoan your circumstances.
Sometimes I (we?) need a “kick-in-the-pants” like this post to shake us out of the funk of self-pity. I have a (face punch) disability – ataxia – but there are still things I can do to improve my situation.
I am glad your software keeps up with subscribers because I had fallen out of the habit of reading your posts. That was not good because I need inspiration such as this. Especially since I am no longer around people who expect something of me.
Jan 12, 2017 @ 2:46 pm
Jon, this inspired me on so many levels. I read #6 over and over as, though my situation isn’t nearly as difficult as yours, I quit my job 3 years ago with no prospects to completely change my career path. My biggest, scariest, non-option is having to go back to work in an office, padding someone else’s retirement again. Your words made me remember that and put it to the forefront while still having good days and bad trying to get my writing career going. You are such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing such intimate details of your life that others might see we have nothing but ourselves holding us back.
Jan 12, 2017 @ 6:40 pm
Thanks for sharing your story Jon. I bought your blogging course and never logged on a single time and now your story inspires me to “get to work” on your program. Thank again. Karen
Jan 17, 2017 @ 1:03 pm
Karen, John’s blogging course is one of the best I’ve been part of. It’s great you found a time to log in!
Jan 13, 2017 @ 10:31 am
love you Jon, I could read your writing non-stop and never get tired, thank you
Jan 13, 2017 @ 10:42 am
I’ve been blogging since 2009 and this is one of the best posts I’ve ever read. Thanks for sharing your story in more detail. That’s crazy about your ribs cracking so that you could breathe and survive!
I’m always looking for motivation to KEEP ON GRINDING, and this is the post I will bookmark to read whenever I feel a shred of self pity or laziness.
Let me take a look at some of your consulting services now!
Jan 14, 2017 @ 8:40 am
This is the most powerful blogpost I’ve ever read.
Completely amazing how practical, applicable, revealing and motivating this piece is.
I’m sharing this. Steven (quadriplegic incomplete SCI level C5) from Belgium
Jan 14, 2017 @ 10:54 am
I have been reading your blogging for a few years and I always wondered what your life challenges were so, thanks for sharing. What i liked best was you were willing to think outside the box by moving to Mexico even though you had your fear of the unknown. I have been reluctant to share my own life challenges but seeing how you have inspired everyone, it shows that we can inspire others by being vulnerable.
I hope you create a book to share with the world as your message is important.
But my “helping” gene is suggesting, I know it is not “on trend” but it would have been nice if the opt-in box was at end of article as I do want to subscribe. I have taken some time to read this so the floating box is gone so I will go find the middle opt-in box. 🙂
PS – I was referred by Darren Scott Monroe so absorb his wisdom on diversification so you can “charge more money.” 🙂
Jan 14, 2017 @ 6:36 pm
Jon, hoping you’ve heard the name Lisa Clagett from your other blogs…UNSTOPPABLE is absolutely “spectacular”. My blog is “in the works”, and can only hope it’s a fraction as successful in inspiring others with my life’s challenges and extreme set-backs. You are my ultimate inspiration, and empower me to start my new adventure! Thank you once again.
Jan 15, 2017 @ 9:07 am
Thank you Jon.
Jan 15, 2017 @ 3:38 pm
Joe Burke from mind achiever.com provided link to your blog–what a story. You are half my age with totally different circumstances,but I will definitely seek you out as a regular source of inspiration. Big kudos to your mother also…
I also have the same Churchill plaque , “Never, never, never give up” along with, “If you’re going thru hell, keep going” and this one that seems appropriate for you also: “Success is not final; failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.”
You, your mother, and Churchill are my best heroes.
Jan 16, 2017 @ 9:45 am
We may wonder why we have to endure things in this life – while others don’t.
Or we see others and wonder why they do.
I believe we know and you kmow what your purpose is.
You are having more impact and inspiring people then most people in the world.
Most people go through life and don’t live – but exist.
You live and I will always remember reading this.
You have inspired me to never give up. More than any person has.
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!
Jan 17, 2017 @ 1:01 pm
I’ve been following John’s work for a long time. From BoostBlogTraffic, Serious Bloggers Only to Smart Blogger and now Unstoppable. I heard a lot of stories, but this one is 100000x bigger than anyone else. It’s unbelievable what you’ve achieved!
Jan 18, 2017 @ 6:29 pm
Stumbled upon this article through a “Pocket” recommendation. One of the best inspiring articles I ever read. Thanks for sharing.
Jan 18, 2017 @ 8:59 pm
Your courage and determination leaves me gasping. I feel so inadequate. You certainly have given me lotts of inspiration. Thankyou
Jan 19, 2017 @ 1:48 pm
I’m Italian, but fortunately I speak and write good english… So, I’ve read about your story, I’ve read all of your 7 point and I MUST SAY 2 THINGS:
1st: you gave me a breath of hope for a friend of mine who soffer from SMA !!! She’s a bay and she’s only 5 years old, but you gave me a big,big,big hope for her !!!
2nd: you gave me big lessons, really useful and I had wrote down each point on a different post-it that I’ve attached in my kitchen, all around my kitchen-furniture!!!
THANK YOU VERY MUCH and…. all of my Congratulation for your capability to respond to the life-punch !!
Jan 19, 2017 @ 3:06 pm
Thank you, Jon, for sharing this. Wise words and an inspiration when most needed. Best wishes
Jan 20, 2017 @ 12:14 pm
Thanks so much Jon for sharing your story, very inspiring and powerful. You are a blessing to so many people. Your misery is your ministry, stay strong and never give up. I love how you take your situations and make them something useful and a blessing to others. We usually take things for granted and reading this makes me realized how blessed we are. Thank you again! We appreciate everything you do. Keep writing and keep inspiring others!
Jan 24, 2017 @ 11:04 am
Best article I’ve read in a long time. Inspirational. I wish I could find a better word to describe it.
Jan 24, 2017 @ 9:22 pm
Jon, you are a remarkable example of what can be achieved when one chooses to see the positive ways forward rather than ruminating on the negatives of our lives. You continue to show the positives of your life in spite of the challenges life keeps throwing at you. You have overcome extreme physical obstacles & in the process your soul has only grown greater. You are an example few of us ever had the blessing to pass through our lives. I love your wisdom & hope to continue “hearing” from you. Love the “smart & charming” chatter. All the best. Annie
Jan 25, 2017 @ 6:37 pm
Jon, you are truly amazing person. As I wipe the tears from my cheeks, I know that I am changed forever. Your story and your words reached deep and slapped me in the face – in a good way 🙂 Thank you for sharing your story and your amazing courage. Mia
Jan 30, 2017 @ 1:48 am
You’re amazing Jon, this is the best thing I’ve ever red on the internet without a doubt. Thank you for sharing your story.
Jan 30, 2017 @ 3:27 pm
Jan 31, 2017 @ 7:15 am
Thank you so much for this article! I have read your other articles , but this one truly touched me. I plan to share it with my dad, who is retired and thinks he doesn’t have anything to contribute to society. You are an inspiration!
Jan 31, 2017 @ 11:18 am
Jon, Thank You
I’ve had much pain & suffering already & it’s hard . Both parents have passed by the time I was 44 . Both fabulous parents like your mom. Doing what needs to be done with love and out of love.My only sibling nearly died 2yrs ago w/unknown health problem but he made it thru & am grateful to have him around. I’ve been in car accidents but didn’t need surgeries however the nerves throughout are hyperactive & makes me ultra sensitive to pains. It’s hard for others to believe & I’m grateful you were sent thru Dr.Terry Wahls email. You’ve sent that DEEP breathe & thought to get going again! Bless you!!!
Jan 31, 2017 @ 1:34 pm
Thank you for writing this. You are a tough dude who thinks outside the box and I admire you for your tenacity and bold actions. You are a cut above most of us, and I cheer you on!
Kathryn Mary sample
Jan 31, 2017 @ 6:27 pm
Hi I am also unable to move my arms and legs but can move my head and neck. Your story is very inspiring and interesting enough I have been looking at writing copy after my current situation no longer supplies me financially. Anyway I just want to say thank you, I totally relate to the nursing home thought as I lived in one for 272 days and cannot believe how many people were there to just die.… So with help I figured out how to get out. My next stage is yet to happen, 🙂 Kathy
Feb 2, 2017 @ 6:47 pm
Wow John, as a totally blind person who’s started WealthyAffiliate recently, (it’s a training on affiliate marketing,) you’ve definitely motivated me to well, keep going, and do more!
Feb 3, 2017 @ 9:21 am
…..the last step that you take, which you never knew you could take, may be your winning step….therefore keep on pushing yourself and you will always be better. Thank you for sharing your story,
Feb 4, 2017 @ 9:18 pm
The most inspiring piece I’ve read probably ever. Thank you for sharing your story!
Feb 4, 2017 @ 11:06 pm
Jon – I pretty much never leave comments on any website. I also rarely use those social media share icons next to everybody-and-their-sister’s article. Today I’m doing both. Although I’ve been subscribing to Serious Bloggers Only for awhile, it never quite woke me up. This post did exactly what I needed – it screamed in my face at the top of your lungs “SHUT UP!!!!” Thank you
Feb 8, 2017 @ 4:37 am
This guy slapped my face, and he can only move his face. Thank you, Jon for making me realized how superficial my problems and personal issues are. This is a great wake-up call for people who never run out of excuses including me.
Feb 9, 2017 @ 10:34 pm
You have inspired me to not give up
Feb 12, 2017 @ 1:27 pm
This is the type of story I like to show to people who complain about this or that. I tell people who complain about work that they could be in a situation like yours. I have to remind myself sometimes when life gives me bumps and grinds. I also use the thought that I’ve been through this or worse before, I can get through this.
Thank you for putting this out, I will be sharing it – I saved it to my desktop.
Feb 16, 2017 @ 7:41 am
You are an unbelievable soul, you have inspired me more than i could have asked. May the Almighty God always bless you.
Bigboy Billy Ndlovu
Feb 18, 2017 @ 5:27 am
I’m learning not to complain as I have two legs, two eyes, two arms – what more do I need?
Feb 18, 2017 @ 9:25 am
I’m beyond inspired. Thank you for sharing your profound, heartfelt message. I cried and I laughed — especially when you said that you can’t get pissed off at the lemons or get depressed because you’re tired of making lemonade. I hope you’ve got super-good servers because this is likely to break the internet. 🙂
Feb 18, 2017 @ 12:34 pm
Thank you for sharing. Inspirational.
Feb 18, 2017 @ 3:01 pm
You are just beyond imagination. Nothing has inspired me like your life.
May God continually bless you.
Feb 18, 2017 @ 9:16 pm
I was inspired by your story. So many people in life belly ache about the most trivial things that happen to them in their lives. My dad many years ago use to like to quote the phrase…. “I felt bad because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no legs”….
Thanks for positive attitude and for sharing it with the world. I admire your courage and tenacity and I respect your understanding of the big picture. As Mr. Spock use to say on Star Trek….”Live Long and Prospect”.
Feb 19, 2017 @ 10:04 am
Exactly what I needed to hear this morning. Thank you. In 2013 I found out that my 2 year old son had autism. I was heartbroken. About a week later half of my body went numb and within a two month period our family had received two horrible diagnosis. My son had autism and I was told I have multiple sclerosis. I wanted to die. The pain and fear was too much. But I’m still here and every day I wake up and make a decision to live and not give up.
You’re an inspiration. Thank you for the encouragement. I will find a way to counterpunch.
Feb 19, 2017 @ 12:12 pm
I just want to say a simple thank you. You will never know how much this article has inspired me to never never never give up.
Feb 22, 2017 @ 1:38 pm
Suddenly, I had become a promoter of this post.
I’ve known you, Jon for quite a while and it’s amazing to know all this about you.
You just hit my bum and said… Be unstoppable!
Thanks for the success you made out of your story.
Long live Jon Morrow.
Feb 23, 2017 @ 8:41 am
This is truly remarkable and capable of transforming lives beyond reasoning keep it coming man.
Feb 25, 2017 @ 11:13 am
Waoo. This is beautiful. I love this, thank you so much for this. Grateful
Feb 26, 2017 @ 10:00 am
Omg u are my hero!! Speechles… you are a true inspiration! A different way to looking at shitty situations and turn them into positives. I’ll always remember this when I’m having my “little” downs in life. The counterpunch! Love u!!!!!
Mar 3, 2017 @ 12:53 pm
Such a living inspiration for so many people out there who already gave up on life. Thanks for this life experience which you definitely turned into an amazing world of yours.
Mar 3, 2017 @ 1:04 pm
I’m sure this article is going to change my life. Thanks for such great words.
Mar 3, 2017 @ 3:52 pm
Thank you very much, needed to read this. God bless you!
Mar 3, 2017 @ 10:26 pm
Thank you for sharing your inspirational article with us. It says never, never give up when storms come into our life. God has plan for us. We shall increase.. God Bless to you always…
Mar 4, 2017 @ 3:32 am
Wow. Beautifully written. I live what you say every day. I’m the mother of a 21 year old disabled son. I have also assisted a man with a C1 injury, on a ventilator. Totally agree with you. My husband and I are working on a huge project for our son so that he never winds up in residential care. Our motivation is that we don’t see any other options.